The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #362

Gloria Grahame and Nicholas Ray


Testify said...

They were also an item, as later were Gloria Grahame and Nick Ray Jnr.

Stacia said...

I'm reading Suicide Blonde about Grahame right now. Man, you can hardly even tell that's her in the photo, what with her ever-changing face and all.

Interestingly, the book claimed Nick Ray was more okay with her relationship with his son (her former stepson) than her ex Cy Howard. You'd think the dad of the stepson would be more upset, but apparently not.

Testify said...

Gloria Grahame died in Liverpool. An ex girlfriend of mine worked with her at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. She always spoke very fondly of her.
Still the Nick Ray x2 thing always bothers me!

swac said...

I certainly never would have picked Grahame out of that picture, and I just watched Macao a couple of days ago. Is this a late '50s shot?

Also just discovered that Ray's True of Jesse James is out on DVD. Why does nobody tell me these things? (Or about that Universal Franchise DVD thing with two Boettichers I haven't seen...)

Stacia said...

swac, I'm torn on whether that' Grahame or not. The eyes look right but the rest, not so much.

Then I found this photo:

and there's a clear resemblance. However the nose just doesn't look right:

(Hope those links work).

Stacia said...

Here's the tinyurl of that second link I posted:

Tom Sutpen said...

Strangely I didn't have any trouble identifying Grahame in this photo; it was Ray I was unsure of. But it is indeed both, taken on the set of In a Lonely Place